Watercolour Painting at Home: Australian Scenery and Sea

Learn to paint beautiful Australian scenery with gum trees and sea life with watercolours!



4 x 2 hours Class size 6 to 30     label $145

Come learn how to paint with watercolour and channel your inner nature lover with this fun online painting course!

Guided by friendly and experienced teacher Fran, based in the Blue Mountains, you'll get to grips with the techniques behind basic watercolour painting and brushwork and learn to create gradients and washes with watercolour over four sessions.

In each session, you'll work on a range of exercises to prepare you for painting a new piece, from gum trees and bushland to sea turtle and seahorse!

The Australian sea life and scenery covered in the course include:

  • Whale: Did you know there are two types of whales: the baleen whales and the toothed whales.
  • Sandstone cliff: The sandstone which forms the Blue Mountains plateau was formed from sediments deposited by ancient river systems about 250 million years ago.
  • Jellyfish: There are more than 100 species of jellyfish have been recorded along the Great Barrier Reef, including the notorious stinging blue bottles and box jellyfish.
We will also paint riverscape lined with gum trees.

This online painting course is a great place to explore watercolour art, no matter your skill level. Anyone can learn how to paint with watercolours, and this class caters to both beginners and those with some painting and illustration experience.

This unique watercolour series of classes is also a lovely way to connect with other like-minded creatives with a glass of wine or cuppa in one hand and a paintbrush in the other!


Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners - no prior experience is needed.
Templates provided for each painting
What to bring
  • A4 sheets x 8 of smooth textured 180gsm or higher grade (sometimes called g/m2) watercolour paper (you can purchase this at any art supplies store or some office suppliers)
  • Watercolour paints. Suggest 'cake/pan' style instead of tubes. You can often buy them in a 'set' with a range of colours. (Please message if you would like brand suggestions, for this workshop high quality paints are not necessary)
  • Brushes: No 12 flat or round (large tip brush), no.6 round tip (medium tip brush) and no.0 or no.1 round tip (fine tip brush for detail). Additional brushes medium flat would be good
  • Masking fluid (made from liquid latex-based substance and is applied to areas of an artwork the artist wants to keep white)
  • An pencil and eraser
  • Salt
  • Two cups or glasses half filled with water to wash your brushes (Recommend access to water, in case you need to change it during the class OR have a jug of water clean water and a container for dirty water
  • Paper towel (a few sheets) and cotton buds
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Apron or old top to protect clothes
Session repeats

This class series runs over 4 consecutive sessions, at the same time every 2 weeks.

Your teacher
Fran Cane
Fran Cane
(Lady Bird Design)

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Fran is an artist; an educator, neither overshadows, they simply entwine and enrich one another.

At a young age Fran discovered the value of creating art in her daily life. The act of art helped Fran express her identity. The process of developing an idea, especially with jewellery, seeing that idea come to completion by Fran's own hand filled her with satisfaction and accomplishment.  Fran began to see how creating art helped other aspects of my life and learning.

Fran is inspired by nature, patterns, form and texture. Each created piece portrays a slice of life, a perspective of the world in which we all live. Her mediums span painting and jewellery to collage and stitching. They all bring joy, though not everything turns out how she envisaged.

In particular Fran sees the unique design and individually handcrafted nature of bespoke jewellery as an ornamental way of extending personal self-expression. During the creative process, she is mindful that someone will be wearing the piece and it will come alive only when it finds its owner.

Fran is most comfortable in the studio classroom teaching art than in any other place or endeavour. It fills her soul to help others learn by exposing them to tools, materials and techniques of Fran's trade and then develop their skills and confidence in the creative medium.

Through support, conversation and laughter, I set a welcoming scene of free expression.

Ladybird Design Creative Studio is the culmination of creating a life around my passions of art, jewellery and teaching. It frees Fran to take a piece of silver, blank canvas or paper, turn it into a beautiful thing and share it with the world every day. Fran believes now more than ever that pursuing one’s passions makes life more colourful and vibrant, gives us pleasure and purpose, but most of all it reminds us of who we are.

Fran would love to share the joy of creating and making with you.

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